Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane on Tuesday resigned from office after months-long crisis that engulfed the kingdom following accusations that he has questions to answer on the death of is ex-wife, Lipolelo Thabane, 58.
“I appear before you to announce that the work that you had assigned me may not be over but the time to retire from the great theatre of action, take leave from public life and office has finally arrived,” he said in a national television address.
The June 2017 killing of his ex-wife sent shockwaves through the tiny landlocked southern African nation, plunging the country into political turmoil and prompting calls for the 80-year-old leader to step down.
Thabane was in the midst of a bitter divorce with his estranged wife when she was shot dead outside her home two days before her husband’s inauguration as Prime minister.
Police said they found Thabane’s mobile number in communications records from the crime scene.
The alleged evidence prompted rivals within and outside Thabane’s party All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, to demand his immediate resignation.